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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Fw: Natueco city farming

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  • Boovarahan Srinivasan
    What about key hole gardening in crowded areas ? ... -- Boovarahan S Chennai. 09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon) [Non-text portions of this
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 30, 2012
      What about key hole gardening in crowded areas ?

      On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM, Anant Joglekar <apjoglekar@...>wrote:

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      > The ultimate goal of natural farming is not simply growing crops but the
      > cultivation and perfection of human beings. Masanobu Fukuoka
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      > >Subject: Natueco city farming
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      > >Introducing permaculture design on MbPT terrace garden
      > >Posted: 27 Mar 2012 10:12 AM PDT
      > >For many years we were growing vegetables and fruits in containers and
      > raised beds of Amrut Mitti on the MbPT terrace garden. But the heart is
      > greedy and wants more and more. While we applied natueco techniques, we
      > felt there was still further scope to increase the green cover. We wanted
      > to use every space available and convert our terrace into a food forest!
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      > >Lo ! Came Clea Chandmal a practicing permaculture teacher from Goa and
      > helped us achieve what we wanted to.
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      > >A few guided sessions with her on basic points to be considered in a
      > permaculture design and our staff at MbPT were all eager to try out new
      > designs.
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      > >What we needed to consider was:
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      > >1. Instead of straight lines and rectangular beds , we went for curves
      > and increase of edges so the beds took on all kinds of creative shapes...
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      > >2. There had to be simple pathways for enabling basic functions of
      > walking /reaching up the beds, rest of the area was to be filled up with
      > Amrut Mitti. Here we took care to see that we did not obstruct the drainage
      > lines of water run off from terrace.
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      > >3. Beds needed to be accessed easily. we needed to ensure that as we
      > walked the pathways we could access every corner of raised bed easily.
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      > >4. Drums were kept in clusters and space in between was filled up with
      > Amrut Mitti.
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      > >5. We had to allow the so called " weeds" to grow along with our main
      > plants.
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      > >After having done all that...... we've had some amazing results!
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      > >The health and productivity of plants has increased manifold!A few
      > pictures will tell the story. We have 8 snake gourds off a single plant at
      > a time!
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      > >What more can anyone wish for!This snake gourd seed was simply sprinkled
      > in one of the empty spaces where Amrut mitti has been added recently to
      > fill in gaps created by cluster of drums kept together! No taking care and
      > growing a seedling etc... :D
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      > >Spaces around base of drums ,otherwise lying underutilized due
      > > to canopy of tree above was used to grow a secondary crop !
      > >All kinds of edible varieties of spinach , basil, and other greens were
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      > >grown on the edges or as cover crops along main crops!
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      > >Nitrogen fixing" beans" grown in underutilized spaces.
      > >Beans climbing up over main trees.
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      > >So these were the basics in adding touches of permaculture in our designs
      > systems!
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      > >Will be back with more updates soon!
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      > >Happy designing and gardening!
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      > >Preeti
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      Boovarahan S
      Chennai.
      09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon)


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